Letter writing is becoming one of the true lost arts of our society. In this modern day of instant communication to anywhere in the World, whether that be by email, phone or social media, it would seem that the desire to sit and write in depth letters to each other is slowly dying. However, the notion of putting to paper our inner most thoughts and feelings for another to read has had a massive impact on our society and history over the centuries. Once upon a time, the only way to communicate over distance was via the written word, and because of this, it is a medium that deserves to be celebrated. Fortunately, that is exactly what Letters Live aims to do, all this week at the Freemasons’ Hall in London.
From Queen Elizabeth’s recipe for drop scones sent to President Eisenhower and David Bowie’s response to his first American fan, to Gandhi’s appeal for calm to Hitler on the eve of the Second World War and Virginia Woolf’s suicide letter, the event aims to demonstrate the importance that letter writing has had not only in the lives of these important historical figures but how they have impacted the modern day.
In regards to his involvement, Mr. Cumberbatch comments:
“Letters Live makes us pause and imagine the lives behind the letters read and the circumstances of their origin. The relationship between the audience, reader and writer on a Letters Live night helps deepen our understanding of these inspiring artefacts of the human condition. They are windows into the love, beauty, pain, and humor of their creators and recipients. It’s a privilege to read this most ancient of communications live to an audience."
Tickets are on sale now, with performances beginning at 19:30 every night.